An important legal regulation within the framework of CE conformity for electrical products is the RoHS – “Directive on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”
On 27 January 2003, the European Parliament and the Council published Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. In the member states, this European Directive was implemented into national law and is collectively referred to as RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances). In Germany, the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act of 16 March 2005 includes the WEEE Directive and the RoHS Directive.
The objective of the RoHS Directive is to restrict the use of hazardous substances in certain equipment and components. Substances that are hazardous to the environment and health, e.g. toxic or poorly degradable substances, are to be banned from the products.
Therefore, since 1 July 2006 it has been prohibited under RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC to place on the market new electrical equipment containing more than 0.1 by weight of lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) polybrominated biphenyl flame retardant (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants (PBDE) or more than 0.01% by weight of cadmium (Cd) per homogeneous material.
These limit values do not refer to the product or components, but to the “homogeneous material” used. Manufacturers, importers and distributors must ensure that affected products comply with the RoHS Directive.
trade-e-bility GmbH, together with accredited testing institutes, offers RoHS testing specifically tailored for dealers. In order to ensure the international comparability of the test results, the tests are carried out in accordance with IEC 62321 Ed.1. By means of special pre-tests, trade-e-bility GmbH can guarantee its customers the economic efficiency of the tests used. We offer three stages in this regard so you can meet your responsibilities as a manufacturer or initial distributor.
RoHS solutions from trade-e-bility GmbH
- Document check on the basis of component certificates By means of a document check, we can quickly establish whether the certificates submitted to you are trustworthy and correspond to the products delivered).
- RoHS screening (RFA method) A screening by accredited testing institutes provides clues as to whether and where pollutants are present in the product in accordance with RoHS. In the process, the latest generation of stationary and mobile analysis devices are used. Measurements are also possible on site. You can use this method to gain a quick overview during goods receipt checks or preliminary inspections.
- Chemical analysis In case of abnormalities or near-limit values, the cost-effective XRF screening is followed by precise chemical analysis to determine the actual substance concentrations. State-of-the-art mass spectrometers (GC-MS and ICP-MS) are available for this purpose.